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    Since my nick name is Taqi, I chose the trademark of Amir Kabir, after Mirza Taqi Khan Amir Kabir, the famous reformist prime minister of Iran's recent history.

    As there was very little demand for literary and scientific books in those days, I went bankrupt before long. However I did not abandon the attempt. A few months later, with a loan from a paper wholesale trader, I managed to pay the goodwill and key money of a shop in Nasser Khosrow Avenue and moved my publishing office there. My bookshop selling miscellaneous books published by different publishers and also stationery, soon began to prosper. At the same time, I established a working relationship with bookshops in other cities. At that time the daily workload was heavy and we were fairly short of personnel. To overcome this, my wife joined me at work and worked as cashier at the shop.

    Owing to my success in establishing a friendly and businesslike relationship with writers, translators, men of letters, publishers and bookshops, as well as being creative and innovative in the printing and publishing industry in Iran, my publishing house began to grow rapidly to the extent that in the year 1957, I had a stocklist of some 500 books bearing the Amir Kabir imprint; a publisher which now had made a name for itself and was to be reckoned with in the publishing circles.

    However, due to the extremely heavy load of work which obviously required my daily personal attention, I suffered a left eye hemorrhage which unfortunately resulted in losing sight in spite of medical treatment in Tehran and abroad.

    In 1958, I opened up my second bookshop in Jomhoori Avenue (formerly Shahabad Avenue). I further expanded my chain so that by the year 1973, ten bookshops were opened to the public in different parts of Tehran.

    In the year 1963, owing to the prevalent mismanagement and mishandling in the printing and distribution of school textbooks and the ensuing scandal that broke in the parliament and the press, and the dissatisfaction among both parents and students, a company under the name SHERKATE TABE VA NASHRE KETABHAYE DARSI IRAN (Printing and Publishing of Iran's School Textbooks Company) comprised of 130 publishers, booksellers and printers under my directorship was formed.

    An independent company, it never received any loans or government subsidies. It managed in its first year of formation in 1964 and at the start of the academic year to make available to the students both in Tehran and throughout the country all the required textbooks at prices lower by 50 to 70 percent of the original prices. In the following 12 years (1963-1975) the company managed to offer its products without the slightest increase in prices in spite of the increasing inflation over those years. It is worth mentioning that I got so involved with this company that Amir Kabir was at times neglected as I had devoted most of my time and energy to this company, having satisfied both parents and students by providing their academic books.

    However, in spite of a lifetime of untiring efforts, devotion and sincere service to the public, in February 1980 I was summoned to the Revolutionary Court and subsequently was arrested for a period of eight months. After 4 years, though it was ruled by the High Court of Revolution, High Council of Justice, Judges' Disciplinary Court and Supervising Board of Constitution that the accusations against me were totally unfounded, all my assets in Amir Kabir, movable and immovable, were confiscated.

    Now after over some 20 years since my imprisonment, I have become a retired, unemployed confined-at-home person witnessing the decline of Amir Kabir which I much loved and cherished as my own child; and which undoubtedly would have been the largest and most prestigious publishing house in the entire Middle East.

    It is noteworthy, and must be stressed upon, that throughout my life I was never in any way attached to or affiliated with any government office or faction; nor have I ever received any government aid or subsidy and the like. I Never owed any money to the banks, never entered any contracts with the government, nor conducted any transactions with the former regime.

    My life has been dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of books and educational material: having frequently forced to encounter and combat censorship in the former regime.

This autobiography was prepared in the month of July 1997.